Brava! - 2004 International Quartet Champions
And so it was…
After 12 appearances on the Sweet Adelines International Competition stage, Brava! won the International Championship in Phoenix, Arizona on September 19, 2003. Bringing the gold medals & crowns home to Vancouver, Canada was a first for their proud country. Not only did Canada have its very first gold medalist quartet, this was also the first time in many years that all four members of the championship quartet are all brand new "Queens of Harmony" in the Coronet Club of Sweet Adelines Int'l.
Brava! Quartet was born in 1989 in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and their journey from novice to number one was not an easy or short trip, but was always an interesting one and well worth the efforts! From 1991-2003, they only missed one international contest.
With their new title came new responsibilities and they enthusiastically welcomed these experiences. The first thing that Brava! did after being home for only 2 weeks from Phoenix was get back on a plane and fly to the U.K. where they spent 2 weeks touring Scotland, England & Wales serving as Teaching Faculty & Coaches for the UK Sweet Adelines. In 2004, their "reigning" year, they appeared on many shows, including Masters of Harmony in Southern California, Heralds of Harmony in Tampa, FL, The Buckeye Invitational in Columbus, OH, Coastline Show Chorus in Providence, RI, and Pride of Portland in Oregon, to name just a few.
They also represented Sweet Adelines International by appearing on the World Harmony Jamboree at the Barbershop Harmony Society International Convention in July of 2005 in Salt Lake City, where they saw their friends, Realtime, win the world championship! The highlight of Brava's performance career, though, culminated with the SAI Cruise-In-A-Chord in February of 2006, which was a week-long Caribbean Cruise, sponsored by Sweet Adelines. Brava released 2 CD's, Debut (the blue one), and Tickled Pink (the pink one), which features the song that stole the contest in Phoenix, "And So It Goes".
Brava! is 4 Canadian girls who, between them, have over 70 years of singing experience, 4 husbands, 9 children, 2 step children, 5 cats, 1 dog, and many wonderful friends, family members and coaches who fully and enthusiastically supported their journey to becoming International Champions. Besides their obvious love of singing, these four women are great friends who share a personal bond, a beautiful musical blend, and laughter that can bring down the house.
Sandy Robinson Marron, Tenor
Lynn Gerard Tatton, Lead
Shannon Harris, Bass
Elaine Cotton, Baritone
Representing Lions Gate Chorus
Awards and Achievements:
1991 21st Place International Quartet
1992 9th Place International Quartet
1993 7th Place International Quartet
1994 4th Place International Quartet
1996 9th Place International Quartet
1997 15th Place International Quartet
1998 15th Place International Quartet
1999 16th Place International Quartet
2000 8th Place International Quartet
2001 2nd Place International Quartet
2002 2nd Place International Quartet
2003 - International Quartet Champions (Phoenix, AZ)
Martini - 2012 International Quartet Champions
It all started when…
Martini Quartet formed in July 2007 over a round of cosmopolitans at Sandy Marron's home in Tacoma, Washington. Singers Sandy Marron (tenor), Lisa Myers (lead), Shannon Harris (bass) and DeAnne Haugen (bari) knew right from the beginning that they had a special blend! Yet, this Martini has been shaken AND stirred not just once, but three times during the group's four year journey to become Sweet Adelines International's 2012 Quartet Champions!
Martini v1.0 (Original Blend): In April 2008, despite intensive rehearsal travel requirements (members hailed from Vancouver, Seattle, Portland and Milwaukee), Martini competed at the Sweet Adelines International Region 26 Convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, where they placed first with a regional record-breaking score of 623 points.Later that year, they made their International Competition debut in Honolulu, Hawaii, placing 8th in the world. In October 2009, Martini returned to the International stage in Nashville, Tennessee, where they jumped four places and finished 4th!
Martini v2.0 (Southern Variation): In early 2010, lead Lisa Myers turned her attention to family life and Michelle Shoemaker joined the group as her replacement, traveling all the way from Atlanta, Georgia, to rehearse with the foursome. In October, 2010, after just a few months of rehearsal, Martini v2.0 made their first International appearance in Seattle, Washington, and placed 5th overall! What a beginning!
Martini v3.0 (Crown Royal Blend): In January 2011, tenor Sandy Marron made the difficult decision to step out of the group in order to focus on her role as musical director of Lion's Gate Chorus. Corinna Garriock, former tenor of Mojo Quartet, joined the group in March 2011 and after six rehearsals, this new Martini blend debuted on the International stage in Houston, Texas. The result was magic, as Martini was named the 2012 International Quartet Champions!
During their four years together, Martini has had the opportunity to be coached by some amazing people including Carole Kirkpatrick, Jim Arns, Renee Porzel, Sandy Marron, Judy Pozsgay, Kim Vaughn, Marcia Pinvidic, Dale Syverson, Åse Hagerman, Elaine Cotton, Beth Smith, Joni Bescos, Becki Hine and Sean Devine. All four singers in Martini are long time members of Sweet Adelines International and active in their choruses, regions and international programs.
Shannon sings with Lions Gate Chorus in Vancouver, British Columbia. DeAnne sings with the 2012 International Chorus Champions, Melodeers (based in Chicago, Illinois), and lives in a suburb of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Michelle is a member of the Song of Atlanta Show Chorus in Atlanta, Georgia. Corrina recently re-located to the beautiful Canadian maritime province of Nova Scotia to be near her family - she remains an associate member of Lions Gate Chorus.
Martini is: Corinna Garriock, Tenor Michelle Shoemaker, Lead DeAnne Haugen, Baritone Shannon Harris, Bass
Representing: Melodeers, Song of Atlanta & Lions Gate Choruses, Regions 3, 23 & 26
Awards and Achievements:
2008 Quartet Champion
2012 International Quartet Champions (Houston)
2011 5th Place Medalists (Seattle)
2010 4th Place Medalists (Nashville)
2009 8th Place Finalists (Honolulu)